Wednesdays in the NBA are always fun, as we're typically treated to a nice chunk of games. Tonight is no different, so let's get our research started by diving into the NBA betting odds report.
Los Angeles Clippers (-15.5) vs. Orlando Magic
The biggest chalk of the night belongs to the Clippers, who will be hosting the Magic at home. Orlando just lost a heartbreaker last night in Golden State, and it's going to be tough to get up for this game after expending so much energy against the Warriors. The Clippers will be more rested and are on a roll, having won five in a row. You can see why NBA odds makers are expecting a blowout.
San Antonio Spurs (-8.5) vs. Brooklyn Nets
Despite being on the road, the Spurs are heavy favorites for tonight's game against the Nets. Who knows who'll be playing and who won't be for San Antonio - it's a nightly adventure with Gregg Popovich. Nevertheless, the Spurs have proven they know how to win regardless of who's on the court - their system is just that good. They'll enter Brooklyn with an impressive eight-game winning streak.
Washington Wizards (-8) vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The Wizards are currently tops in the division, thanks in large part to the fantastic play of John Wall. He should have another big game tonight against a Lakers team that's struggled immensely defensively, especially against opposing point guards. Washington also has the added benefit of an extra day of rest, so we can easily see a rout going in favor of the home team tonight.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Philadelphia 76ers (213)
We know both of these teams play little defense and like to push the pace, which is the perfect recipe for a very high-scoring total. That's why tonight's number in this 76ers/Timberwolves game is at least six points higher than the rest of the slate. Philadelphia is second in the NBA in PACE, with Minnesota not too far behind in fifth.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks (207)
The Bucks have really stepped up their game on the defensive end under Jason Kidd, but can they stop the juggernaut that is the Mavericks? Dallas checks in as the NBA's most efficient offensive team, so it's not going to be an easy task.
Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers (206.5)
Whenever the Lakers are in action, you always have to prepare for a high O/U. It's no different tonight, as we imagine LA is going to have a lot of trouble slowing Wall and company down, especially since they played in a tough game just last night. The only question here is whether or not the Lakers will be able to score enough to help this total go over.
Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies (191)
If you know anything about basketball, you should already have the understanding that Memphis is fantastic defensively. The Grizzlies currently rank fourth in the NBA in defensive efficiency and first in points allowed per game. Thing is, Houston has been every bit as sound on that end - the Rockets are second in the league in efficiency themselves. Keep this mind before placing your NBA picks.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls (193)
The Bobcats have not been very good defensively this season, but that hasn't stopped sportsbooks from handing out a low total. Chicago is typically always going to bring toughness on that end of the floor, but will they be worn out after last night's double overtime enounter with Dallas? Chicago enters as the ninth-most efficient team defensively.
Brooklyn Nets vs. San Antonio Spurs (195)
Both teams rank in the top half of the league in terms of efficiency, but the Spurs have been on another level, ranking third in the NBA. We've gotten used to them being scarily effective offensively, so it's a bit of a change of pace to see them dominate in a different way.